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How to Make Chewy, Warm Snickerdoodles and Hot Cocoa: A Recipe for a Perfect Holiday Combination

Updated on December 18, 2015
Warm and chewy Snickerdoodles
Warm and chewy Snickerdoodles

More Than Just a Sugar Cookie

While anytime is a perfect time for a fluffy, cinnamony snickerdoodle, the winter holidays are a great excuse to bake up a few batches. Not only do they taste delish, but they make the whole house smell delicious, too.

These classic, crackle-topped cookies are great eaten cold of course, maybe with a cup of your favorite coffee or tea (I prefer a Chai/snickerdoodle combination myself), but definitely leave room to eat a few straight from the oven. In fact, that's almost a requirement when it comes to this recipe.

We like to make a batch on Christmas eve, to enjoy with a cuppa hot chocolate (topped with marshmallows or some whipped cream of course). Problem is, we never end up leaving any for Santa or anyone else who might stop by.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: About 20 cookies


  • butter, 1/2 cup at room temperature
  • shortening, 1/2 cup
  • sugar, 1-1/2 cup
  • eggs, 2
  • vanilla, 2 teaspoons
  • flour, 2-3/4 cups
  • cream of tartar, 2 teaspoons
  • baking soda, 1 teaspoon
  • salt, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Coating: 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 Tbsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, butter, shortening, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl
  3. Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar coating. (FYI: There's no need to chill the dough.)
  5. Shape the cookie dough into balls -- we make ours about an inch-and-a-half in diameter, kind of the size of a small rubber ball you'd use for playing jacks ... but you can go for golf ball size if you want; it's up to you -- and roll each one in the cinnamon and sugar.
  6. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes. (Remove at 8 for chewier cookies)
  8. Immediately remove the cookies from the sheets and place on a cooling rack (eating a couple in the process).

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Don't Forget the Hot Cocoa

And here's the cocoa (the good stuff)....

Godiva Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Can, 14.5-Ounces, 2 pack
Godiva Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Can, 14.5-Ounces, 2 pack

Swiss Miss and store brands are fine for cookie accompaniment, but once in while, especially around the holidays, I like to go for the really good stuff when it comes to hot chocolate. All the better for dipping your snickerdoodles.

Going to a holiday-time party or two? Bring along a batch of 'doodles and a can of this chocolately deliciousness to go with it as a little something special for the host.


© 2013 Deb Kingsbury

Are you a snickerdoodle connoisseur? Do you have a different twist on this classic cookie?

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      mommyplus3kids 4 years ago

      I heard a lot about these cookies but have never try them. Definitely will use this recipe. Thanks for sharing

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      Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

      These are my favorite kind of cookie =]

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      YUMMY! I want one NOW!!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      so yummy!!! Thank you for the recipe!

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      randomthings lm 4 years ago

      YUM LOVE snickerdoodles!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I haven't made these in awhile. We call them "evil" cookies because we can't resist them. LOL

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      Value Apartments 4 years ago from London

      Looks Delicious! I will definitely give them a try :)

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      ayannavenus 4 years ago

      Look yummy!

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      nonya222 4 years ago

      These look so good I am going to have to give them a try.

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      Pretty interesting combination of ingredients, but seems to be yummy in the final version :)

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      These cookies look delicious!

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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      @Johanna Eisler: Yeah, I've had a store-bought snickerdoodle or two, and they're just not the same. Usually too crunchy for my liking. I like to take ours out of the oven close to the 8-minute mark. They might be REALLY soft at that point, but they stay chewy when they cool. Yum!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      There is nothing like a soft, chewy snickerdoodle fresh from the oven! As soon as I saw your picture, I said, "Now THAT'S what a snickerdoodle ought to look like!"

      So many of the packaged cookies labeled "snickerdoodles" bear little resemblance in appearance or flavor to the real thing. In our family, my Swedish grandparents were making these mouthwatering treats well over 60 years ago. Each generation since then has carried on the snickerdoodle tradition. Thank you for a delicious lens. . . now I feel like I need to hurry and start baking. The cold weather is here, right? :)

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      Melanie Wilcox 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Oh these look fabulous. I have to share this with my sister. My brother-in-laws favorite cookies in the whole wide world are snicker-doodles! He will love these. Thank you! :)